It is not always possible to place Panama on a map, but everyone knows its famous canal, which connects the Pacific to the Atlantic.

If this Canal is a major tourist attraction, it is not the only asset of the country, far from it.

The country still enjoys beautiful colonial remains: the “old city” of Panama, and, on the Atlantic side, the most important fortifications of the Caribbean in Portobelo and San Lorenzo. Already at the time, the Isthmus of Panama was an important trade passage.

But the real jewel of the country is nature. Far less popular than its neighbor Costa Rica, Panama enjoys the same wealth in terms of biodiversity. This tropical paradise is a treat for botanists, ornithologists – especially because of the presence of the quetzal – and hikers.

Not far from Costa Rica, the region of Chiriquí is characterized by its volcanic mountains: the ascent of the volcano Barú (3,450 m above sea level) is a must for walkers, while coffee lovers will take the time to Boquete , to taste an Arabica, perched at 1600 meters above sea level. In contrast, the Darién, which borders the Colombian border, is undoubtedly one of the most diverse ecosystems in America. There are endangered species such as the jaguar, the cougar, the tapir or the spider monkey. This is also where the Emberá people live, one of the six indigenous communities in the country.

Finally, last asset and not least: the beach! With more than 2,500 km of coastline washed by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Panama boasts varied beaches and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.

Travel San Blas Island

San Blas Island
Image by lapping on Pixabay-San Blas Island

The San Blas Archipelago is a mythical place for many travelers during a stay in Panama. With more than 300 small islands, some deserted and wild, others crowded and more touristy, you will have the choice of the destination.

The best is certainly to rent a small sailboat and to walk in the islands San Blas as you wish and choose, to go to the hidden beaches and small paradises lost. I loved my trip to the San Blas and found the locals particularly welcoming and friendly.

It is unfortunately also an important area of drug trafficking, including cocaine from Colombia. Be careful not to be fooled by the many traffickers on the islands.

Travel Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro
Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels-Bocas del Toro

this part of Panama has approximately 13,000 people.

Panamá is 300 km from Bocas del Toro, while Carenero Island is 1 km away.

At the Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, you and your partner can observe the wide variety of plants.

Bolivar Park is a very nice space if the call of nature is too strong. Unwilling visitors will be delighted to spend a few hours in this popular spot for its relaxing atmosphere and colorful leisure areas.

“Under the pies, the beach! Is your motto? You are lucky because Bocas del Toro is known for its captivating coastline, so prepare your backpack, a nice family day awaits you. Nearby attractions include Red Frog Beach, Tortuga Beach, and Starfish Beach.

Beautiful walks, beautiful surroundings and tasty picnics are waiting for you at Grotte La Gruta, a magnificent natural sanctuary in Bocas del Toro.

Marina de Bocas will satisfy the holidaymakers wishing to discover a site outside the tourist circuits.

 

Travel Chiriqui

Chiriqui
José Miranda -Chiriqui

Green, green, a little blue and still green; Here is how the region of Chiriqui and the west Pacific coast of Panama can be summed up quickly. This territory, between volcano, mountains, coffee plantations, and ocean, has the immense advantage of meeting all the desires of travelers; whether you are more of those who advocate active holidays, the cultural journey or those who are masters in the subtle art of idleness, here you are served!

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